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With the following headline chosen by the Verge: “Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand“, you’d think they wouldn’t go on to quote the struggling Goliath as saying:

We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan.

Who are the Verge trying to fool? All this means, is that Internet Explorer (and all previous incarnations) will continue to exist. Project Spartan will just be an additional browser, joining us at the bottom of our test suite.

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Star Wars fans, and especially those with young Star Wars fans, may enjoy this Millennium Falcon drone in flight. I know me and mine did.

Santana aims for another comeback. As much as I dislike locker rooms, I love this locker room welcoming:

Taped in the upper left hand corner, directly above his blue No. 57 jersey and cap, was a photograph of the celebration from Santana’s no-hitter with the New York Mets in June 2012, arguably the finest moment in his baseball career.

Swamped

Icon Factory is now open for business. — I thought the typical path was to go from many clients to none, not the other way around. It just goes to show you, there’s nothing wrong with having clients.

Google search is constantly getting smarter. Well, it has been smart for quite some time. This autocomplete of search results feature was added way back in 2009. I swear, I just noticed this in the wild last week. And the Google Operating System blog only reported on it recently.

Carl Icahn just recently saved my father-in-law’s job at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City. Not just his job, but thousands of jobs. That doesn’t mean I like the guy. Icahn, that is. My father-in-law is fantastic. But, there is a lot of work to be done around the house, so perhaps letting the Taj go bankrupt wouldn’t have been the worst thing to happen. At any rate, it turns out Icahn is one of Apple’s 10 biggest shareholders. So that’s where his wealth is coming from.

The Making and Effectiveness of an App Preview — David Smith dives into the sales numbers of his iOS app, Pedometer++ after adding an preview video.

Apple Watch developers discuss their plans.

Wednesday References

360 degree Go Pro video: 360-Grad-Video mit 6 GoPro-Kameras

The Life and Death of Sports Fans — A short film by Errol Morris for ESPN.

My three year old can, and will devour a carton of tomatoes in a single sitting. The Wearable Tomato may be useful for him, freeing up his hands for other important things.

Wes Anderson: A Mini Documentary

Confessions of an iPhone 6

The Verge brings us some insight into the recently announced, Pebble Time.

Gone Phishin’

Last summer, Gmail added support for Latin characters. It turns out, they’re pretty useful for spammers getting their phish on.

Be careful with this message. Someone might be trying to trick you by using similar-looking characters (such as Σ and E) in the email addresses contained in this message.

So let me get this straight. I’m not only supposed to read an email’s from address, but I’m supposed to pay special attention to each character?

My father once left himself logged in to Paypal on a library computer, losing all of $30. God knows what he’s been clicking on these days.

Chromebook, Crouton, Ubuntu Unity, Sublime Text, oh My

Here are some keyboard shortcuts, if you happen to find yourself on an Asus Chromebook, running Ubuntu Unity via Crouton, writing code in Sublime Text 3:

Find next:
With the find window open, hit enter.
Hit shift + enter to find previous.

Jump to end of line:
search key + right arrow

Jump to beginning of line:
search key + left arrow

Page up:
search key + up arrow

Page down:
search key + down arrow

99% Invisible

There’s been some great podcasting going on at 99% Invisible. The recent Of Mice and Men episode covers the “keyset”, an alternative to the keyboard as an input device. If the keyset wasn’t so difficult to use we could have even greater control of our computer overlords.

Why shouldn’t we take the time learn, if the results are superior? Are we missing out by putting so much emphasis on ease-of-use?

Even Doug Engelbart realized that learning the keyset was difficult. But for Engelbart, ease of use wasn’t the top priority. He wanted the computer inputs to be as powerful possible, and that required some complexity. He imagined that consumers would learn how to use the mouse and keyset slowly over time, like how one learns to operate a car.

You may have caught Doug Engelbert on You Tube in the past. He’s the presenter of the Mother of All Demos. In this pioneering demonstration Engelbert has developed the 2015 computing status-quo, in the year 1968.

Some other recent 99% Invisible standouts include:
Octothorpe (the history of the # sign)
The Sizzle
Lights Out

Jihad and More!

From a Private School in Cairo to ISIS Killing Fields in Syria — What a fascinating story (with video!) of a young man who decides to join Isis.

There is no single path that leads to jihad, but in exploring Mr. Yaken’s life, signposts emerge. There are influences familiar and easy to discuss, like a lack of economic opportunity and a renewed sense of political alienation, especially among youths.

On a lighter note, Alto’s Adventure looks like a beautiful iOS game.

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time – This movie should get made!